Philip Golub

Department Co-Chair, Professor

  • Department(s): 
    International and Comparative Politics
  • Graduate Program(s): 
    International Affairs
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  • Office Hours: 
    Thursdays 12h00-13h00

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Born in the United States and raised in Europe and the US, Professor Golub is an international relations scholar who has been with The American University of Paris since 2006. He has an MPhil in International Relations and Contemporary History from Université Paris-IV Sorbonne and a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Sussex (UK). He previously held teaching positions at the Institut d'études politiques of Paris (Sciences-Po) and at Université Paris 8 and has lectured and published widely in Europe, Asia and the United States. In addition to academia, his professional experience includes leading positions in quality international media: he was one of the founders and editors of The Asia Times, an international English language daily run out of Bangkok and Hong Kong, as well as a longstanding contributing editor of the French monthly Le monde diplomatique and an editorial consultant to France Culture. He is regularly called upon by media in the US and Europe for expert opinion on world politics. Golub’s main research interests are empire and late-modern world history, the historical sociology of international relations, and the political economy of postcolonial reemergence. He is currently writing a monograph on East Asia’s rising role in the world capitalist economy and its implications for our understanding of globalization and modernity. 


  • DPhil, University of Sussex (UK)
  • MPhil, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne (France)


  • East Asia's reemergence and global systemic change, Polity Press, Cambridge (UK) (forthcoming 2014).
  • Une autre histoire de la puissance américaine, Le Seuil, Paris, 2011.
  • Power, Profit and Prestige: A History of American Imperial Expansion, Pluto Press, London 2010.
Edited book chapters
  • "Puissance et leadership américains dans un monde en mutation", in Betrand Badie and Dominique Vidal (eds), Etat du monde 2014,  Éditions La Découverte, Paris, 2014. (Forthcoming, September 2013)
  • “Les Etats-Unis au Moyen-Orient: un géant impuissant ?”, in Bertrand Badie et Dominique Vidal (eds), Etat du monde 2012, Nouveaux Acteurs Nouvelle Donne, Éditions La Découverte, Paris, 2011, pp. 187-192.
  • “The Elusive Global Promise of European Unification: Transnational Theory and National Discontents”, in Petar Bojanic, Jovan Babic and Gazela Puda (eds), Europe in the Emerging World Order: Searching for a New Paradigm, Presses of the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade, 2011.
  • “Overcoming the Planetary Prisoners’ Dilemma: Cosmopolitan Ethos and Pluralist Cooperation”, in Paul Harris (ed), Ethics and Global Environmental Policy: Cosmopolitan Conceptions of Climate Change, Edward Elgar, London, 2011. (with Jean-Paul Maréchal)
  • “Global Public Goods”, in Keith Hart, Jean-Louis Laville, Antonio David Cattani (eds), The Human Economy, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2010.
  • “Biens publics mondiaux”, in Jean-Louis Laville et Antonio-David Cattani (eds), Dictionnaire de l’autre économie, Gallimard, col. Folio, Paris, 2006 (with Jean-Paul Maréchal).
  • “L’Europe dans la nouvelle configuration des relations internationales”, in Pascal Boniface (ed), Quelle politique européenne pour la France ?, Dalloz, Paris, 2005.
  • “From Globalization to Militarism: The American Hegemonic Cycle and System-wide Crisis”, in Kees Van der Pijl, Libby Assassi, Duncan Wigan (ed), Global Regulation: Managing Crises after the Imperial Turn, Palgrave-MacMillan, London, 2004.
  • “L’imaginaire impérial américain”, in Michel Wieviorka (ed), L’Empire américain?, Balland, Paris, 2004.
  • “The US hegemonic cycle”, in Kenneth Brown (ed), LIrak de la crise au chaos, Ibis Press, Paris, 2004.
  • “Le nouvel Etat imperial”, in Henry Lelièvre (ed), Le terrorisme en questions, Editions Complexe, Brussels, 2003.
  • “Quel modèle pour l'Asie?”, in Henry Lelièvre (ed) Corée, Chine, Japon : Cette Asie qui dérange, Editions Complexe, Brussels, 2000.
  • “Washington, capitale de l’Occident ?”, in Lucio Carraciolo and Michel Korinman (ed), Les Fractures de l’Occident. Éléments de géopolitique, La Découverte, Paris, 1994.
  • “Un monde décentré”, in Noëlle Burgi (ed), Fractures de l’Etat-nation, Kimé, Paris 1993.
Peer-review journals
  • "From the New International Economic Order to the G20: how the Global South is restructuring world capitalism from within", Third World Quarterly, Summer 2013 (Forthcoming)
  • “Fonti stroriche dell’immaginazione geopolitica statunitense”, Filosofia Politica, Vol II N°12, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2011, pp. 71-84.
  • “America’s Imperial Wars: A Historical Survey”, in “Guerri Imperiali”, Filosofia Politica, Vol II N°11, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2011, pp. 335-353.
  • “La fin de la Pax Americana ?”, Revue internationale et stratégique, Vol. 4, No. 72, Winter 2008-2009, Paris, pp. 141-149.
  • “Cosmopolitisme et impérialisme”, Revue internationale et stratégique, Vol.3, No. 67, Autumn 2007, Paris, pp. 105-112.
  • “Hyperpuissance américaine et bien publics globaux”, Géoéconomie, Paris, N° 30, Summer 2004 (with Jean-Paul Maréchal).
  • “Imperial Politics, Imperial Will and the Crisis of U.S. Hegemony”, Review of International Political Economy, Vol 11, No. 4, October 2004, Routledge, London. pp. 763-786.
  • “De la mondialisation au militarisme: la crise de l’hégémonie américaine”, in “ La régulation globale du capitalisme” (Jean Christophe Graz and Ronen Palan, eds), A Contrario, Lausanne, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2004, pp. 9-33.
  • “The American Hegemonic Cycle and System-Wide Crisis”, Point théorique, Lettre de la régulation, No. 46, October 2003.
  • “Del neo-wilsonianismo al militarismo : los patrones movedizos de la politica norteamericana”, Revista Venezolana de Economía y Ciencias Sociales, Vol. 9, No. 1, January-April, 2003, pp. 13-28.
  • “Le réchauffement climatique:la coopération ou le chaos”, with Béatrice Quenault and J.P. Maréchal, Géoéconomie, n° 16,  Winter, 2000-2001.
Other journals and book chapters
  • “Les Etats-Unis face aux revolutions démocratiques arabes” in “Printemps Arabes: comprendre les revolutions en marche”, Mouvements, Paris, N°66, Summer 2011, pp. 127-134.
  • “Quand l’Europe dominait le monde”, in Dominique Vidal, Philippe Rekacewitz et Lionel Richard (eds), Histoire critique du XXe siècle, Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, 2010, pp. 10-12.
  • “Comment la planète devint une ville”, Atlas, Histoire critique du XXe siècle, Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, 2010, pp. 28-30.
  • “De l’hégémonie occidentale au polycentrisme”, in Dominique Vidal (ed), Atlas 2010, Armand Colin-Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, 2010, pp. 10-12.
  • “Grande puissance militaire, premier débiteur mondial”, in Atlas 2010, Armand Colin/Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, 2010, pp. 62-64.
  • “Le grand retour de l’Orient”, in Atlas 2010, Armand Colin/Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, 2010, pp. 196-198.
  • “Revisiting American Empire”, Soundings, London, Vol. 37, No. 1. (December 2007), pp. 66-79. (republished in French by Mouvements, January 2009).
  • “L’Asie dans l’économie politique mondiale contemporaine”, in Cartographiare il presente, Department of Historical Studies, University de Bologna, 2007 (on line publication).
  • “The Blinding March of Neoliberalism”, Review Essay of David Harvey's A Brief History of Neoliberalism" Logos, A Journal of Modern Society and Culture, Issue 5.2 (Spring/Summer, 2006).
  • “Golfe Arabo-Persique: laboratoire de la révolution stratégique américaine”, Cahiers de l’Orient, Paris, Autumn, 2004.
  • “The Cycle of American Empire”, Global Dialogue, Cyprus, Vol. 5, No. 1-2, Winter/Spring, 2003.
Selection of specialized press articles
  • “Des cités-Etats à la ville globale”, Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, April 2010.
  • “L’Occident, fiction supreme”, Alternatives internationales, n° 24, Paris, May 2005.
  • “Claude Lévi-Strauss, la révolution du regard”, Alternatives internationales, n° 20, Paris, January 2005.
  • “Retour de l’Asie sur la scène mondiale”, Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, October 2004.
  • “Les dynamiques du désordre mondial”, Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, September 2002.
  • “La tentation impériale de l’administration américaine”, Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, July 2001.
  • “Une ville globalisée: Shanghai, vitrine du capitalisme chinois”, Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, August 2000.
  • “Has Globalisation Really Made States Redundant? The States We Are Still In”, Le Monde diplomatique, English edition, London, April 2000. (With Dr. Noelle Burgi)
  • “La nationalité des firmes: l'identité des entreprises globales”, Nord-Sud-Export  n° 390, Paris, 7 January 2000.
  • “Fruits amers d’un ‘miracle’: Quand l’Asie orientale vacille”, Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, July 1998.
  • “L’incontrôlable contagion de la crise financière asiatique: un tournant dans l’histoire de la globalization”, Le Monde diplomatique, Paris, January 1998.
  • “Pour une mise en ordre du système financier international”, Esprit, No 12, December 1997, p. 162-167. (with Prof. Jean-Paul Maréchal)

Conferences & Lectures

Conferences with peer review
  • “From the New International Economic Order to the G20: the Changing Agenda of Postcolonial Countries”, International Political Science Association (IPSA), World  Congress, Madrid, July 13 2012.
  • “Systemic Change Over Long Periods: East Asia’s Re-emergence and the Two Waves of Globalization”, Congress of the Association française de science politique (AFSP), panel Penser le changement international, Strasbourg, 31 August 2011.
  • “The Elusive Global Promise of European Unification”, keynote speech, international conference, Europe in the Emerging World Order. Searching for a New Paradigm, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade, Serbia, 24 March 2010. 
  • “America’s Imperial Wars: A Historical Trajectory”, international conference Imperial Wars, Dipartimento Discipline Storiche, Université de Bologne, 19-20 November 2009.
  • “Imperial Cosmologies: The Ideational Dimension of American Expansionism”, Third Critical Studies Conference, Kolkata Research Group, Kolkata, India, 10-11 September 2009.
  • “China, the USA and Global Warming: A Planetary Prisoners’ Dilemma” (with J-P. Maréchal). International Conference: China and Global Climate Change: Reconciling International Fairness and Protection of the Atmospheric Commons, Center for Asia Pacific Studies, Lingnan University (Hong Kong), 18-19 June 2009.
  • “Globalization: a Historical Sociological Perspective”, international conference The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Questions and Responses, William Paterson University, N.J., 23 April 2009.
  • “Hyperpuissance américaine et biens publics globaux”, international conference Réguler la mondialisation ?, Collège d’études internationales, University of Paris-Sud 11, 13-14 May 2004.
  • “Shifting Patterns of US Global Governance in the post-Cold War”, international conference Global Regulation, Centre for Global Political Economy, University of Sussex, UK, 29-31 May, 2003.
  • “Pouvoir, richesse et souveraineté dans la mondialisation contemporaine”, international conference Etat et société face à la mondialisation: la Corée et la France, Korean Political Science Association (KPSA) and the Association Coréenne d'études politiques françaises (ACEPF), Seoul, South Korea, 2001.
Invited speaker
  • East Asia's reemergence and power diffusion in the global political economy, paper presented at the research seminar of the Centre de Recherches sur l'Amérique du Nord (CRAN), Université Paris-3, 8 April 2013.
  • C.Wright Mills, the Power Elite, and War, talk at the research seminar of the Centre de recherches anglophones (CREA), Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre, 26 March 2013.
  • The United States in world affairs: a historical perspective, École de guerre, Paris, 17 december 2013.
  • Round table discussion on the US presidential elections and the Middle East,  Institut de recherches et d'études Méditerranée Moyen-Orient (iReMMo), Paris 13 November 2013.
  • Les révolutions arabes dans une perspective historique, atelier de recherches doctorales, University Paris 8, April 2011.
  • “Emerging World Regions and the Reconfiguration of the World Political Economy”, Forum for Creative Policy Alternatives, William Paterson University, N.J., 16 November 2010.
  • “Power, Profit and Prestige”, book presentation and debate with Prof. Gilbert Achcar, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London 7 December 2010.
  • “Power, Profit and Prestige”, book presentation and debate with Prof. Richard Beardsworth, Working Paper Series, American University of Paris, 27 October 2010.
  • “Power, Profit and Prestige”, book presentation and debate with Prof. Michael Cox, London School of Economics (LSE), London, 6 September 2010.
  • “Power, Profit and Prestige”, discussion of my book with Prof. Oscar Guardiola Rivera, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 27 August 2010.
  • “Rethinking Globalisation: Towards a Polycentric World System”, doctoral research seminar, Institute of Sociology, University of Belgrade — Ateliers de recherches internationales (ARI), CERI-Sciences Po, 23 March 2010.
  • Elections américaines, mode d’emploi, debate at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF) with Pap Ndiaye (EHESS) et Nicole Bacharan (IEP), 21 October 2008.
  • The Rise of Liberal Imperialism, discussion with Prof. Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago), Paris branch of the University of Chicago, 25 September 2008.
  • La nouvelle donne des relations internationales depuis la chute du Mur, discussion of post-cold war with Prof. Robert Frank (University Paris 1), BDIC, University of Nanterre, 2 June 2008.
  • L’Asie dans l’économie politique mondiale contemporaine, six conferences, Department of Historical Studies, University of Bologna, Italy 23-25 May 2007.
  • The United States and East Asia: Mapping the Future of the World System, conference cycle, William Paterson University, New Jersey, 6-9 December 2007.
  • “Sur l’eurocentrisme et la modernité”, international conference La naissance du monde moderne: Aux origines de la puissance européenne, UNESCO, Paris, 2006.
  • “L’État libéral, la colonialité et la guerre”, research seminars around the special issue of the journal A Contrario on “Global Regulation”, (A Contrario, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2004), University of Lausanne and Geneva, 26 et 27 April 2005.
  • “L’imaginaire impérial américain”, international conference L'empire américain?, organized by Michel Wieviorka/Entretiens d'Auxerre, 22 November 2003.
  • “Cycles hégémoniques et crises systémiques: une approche théorique”, research seminar of the CEPREMAP, Paris, 13 October 2003.


  • International Political Science Association (IPSA)
  • International Studies Association (ISA)

Research Areas

Professor Golub's core work on globalization, empire, development and postcolonial reemergence is part of a growing body of historical sociological perspectives that strive to give historical depth to IR theory and broaden its interdisciplinary character. His research over the past decade focused on building a historical sociological account of the United States’ rise and role in the late modern world system. Current research on the sources and implications of East Asia's reemergence aims to historicize and theorize systemic change. Related research interests include global governance, climate change, and state theory.